Favorite Emerges To Win NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Team Title

NEW ORLEANS — If the Pre-Championship Edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings are any indication, Oregon’s reign atop the podium is about to come to an end.

The Ducks have won each of the past three NCAA team titles and are looking to become the second team in history to win four in a row (Arkansas did so four times over, winning 12 in a row from 1984 to 1995 and another four from 1997 to 2000).

Florida stands in Oregon’s way, however, as Mike Holloway’s team is ranked No. 1 once again. The Gators have been No. 1 throughout the season and remained there in the most recent ranking released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1

Florida

2

Arkansas

3

Oregon

4

Georgia

5

Texas A&M

Florida Arkansas Oregon Georgia Texas A&M

The biggest difference in these rankings – compared to those the rest of the indoor season – is that only entries from athletes competing this weekend in College Station, Texas are taken into account.

Florida is one of three teams to crack the 100-point barrier in these rankings. Joining the 167.95-point Gators are the second-ranked Razorbacks (121.23 points) and the aforementioned Ducks (ranked 3rd with 113.78 points). And wouldn’t you know that Arkansas, Florida and Oregon have the most tickets punched to NCAAs with 12, 11 and 10, respectively?

For the Gators to win their fourth indoor title since 2010, they’ll need to rely heavily upon its sprinters/hurdlers and jumpers. Florida has eight combined entries in those disciplines, led by a total of six from junior KeAndre Bates (long jump, triple jump) as well as standout freshmen Clayton Brown (high jump, triple jump) and Grant Holloway (60 hurdles, long jump).

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHEN: March 10-11 | Schedule
WHERE: College Station, Texas
(Gilliam Indoor Stadium)

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Entry Leaders: By Team | By Conf

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The Razorbacks are in the same boat as the Gators as they have nine combined entries in the sprints/hurdles and jumps. Arkansas’ top-ranked athlete in the sprints is Obi Igbokwe in the 400 (4th), while it has a top-ranked, defending national champion in the field in Clive Pullen (triple jump).

Stop us if you heard this before, but Oregon will go as far as Edward Cheserek takes them. Cheserek is entered in three events – mile, 3000, 5000 – and could provide the Ducks with 30 points there, which would obliterate the previous scoring record held by him and former Man of Oregon Galen Rupp (22.5) and move him into sole possession of 1st place in NCAA meet history.

Looking elsewhere in the Pre-Championship Edition, you’ll see Georgia and host Texas A&M round out the top-5 to give the SEC four teams in the final top-5.

Further down, Colorado State jumped four spots from Week 6 to Week 7. The Rams went from No. 12 to No. 8, their highest ranking in program history. Colorado State has a total of five entries, led by national leader Mostafa Hassan in the shot put and the 3rd ranked heptathlete in the field (Hunter Price).

UTEP continued its rise in the rankings as it goes from No. 17 to No. 14.

Oklahoma State and Auburn each moved up two spots from Week 6 as the former went from No. 25 to No. 23 and the latter from No. 27 to No. 25.

Be sure to check back throughout the week on USTFCCCA.org as we bring you plenty of coverage and previews of the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.

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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2017 Week #7 — March 6 (pre-championships)

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships, March 10-11 (FINAL)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 167.95 SEC Mike Holloway (15th) 1
2 Arkansas 121.23 SEC Chris Bucknam (9th) 2
3 Oregon 113.78 MPSF Robert Johnson (5th) 3
4 Georgia 91.41 SEC Petros Kyprianou (2nd) 5
5 Texas A&M 87.19 SEC Pat Henry (13th) 4
6 Alabama 83.12 SEC Dan Waters (6th) 6
7 Virginia Tech 81.36 ACC Dave Cianelli (16th) 7
8 Colorado State 74.62 Mountain West Brian Bedard (11th) 12
9 Colorado 68.21 MPSF Mark Wetmore (22nd) 8
10 Texas 66.54 Big 12 Mario Sategna (4th) 9
11 Kansas 62.44 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (17th) 11
12 LSU 61.34 SEC Dennis Shaver (13th) 13
13 Southern California 61.04 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (4th) 10
14 UTEP 57.24 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (8th) 17
15 Indiana 56.81 Big Ten Ron Helmer (10th) 14
16 Iowa 56.40 Big Ten Joey Woody (3rd) 15
17 Houston 52.15 American Leroy Burrell (19th) 16
18 Virginia 50.32 ACC Bryan Fetzer (6th) 18
19 Tennessee 50.18 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (3rd) 19
20 Washington 48.11 MPSF Greg Metcalf (15th) 20
21 Michigan 46.71 Big Ten Jerry Clayton (4th) 21
22 Southern Illinois 46.01 Missouri Valley Kathleen Raske (2nd) 22
23 Oklahoma State 42.22 Big 12 Dave Smith (9th) 25
24 Syracuse 40.49 ACC Chris Fox (12th) 23
25 Auburn 39.06 SEC Ralph Spry (20th) 27
dropped out: No. 24 Texas Tech
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 780.77 8
2 MPSF 406.93 4
3 Big Ten 289.40 3
4 Big 12 258.31 3
5 ACC 234.94 3
6 Mountain West 123.66 1
7 American 105.89 1
8 Missouri Valley 80.84 1
9 Conference USA 70.47 1
10 Big East 60.25

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders (FINAL)
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana 406.68 2
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 489.65 1
Midwest Iowa 287.59 1
Mountain Texas Tech 400.72 1
Northeast Syracuse 311.48 1
South Alabama 366.59 1
South Central Arkansas 577.66 1
Southeast Virginia Tech 330.90 1
West Oregon 444.94 1
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Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)
Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
60 Meters Houston 6.65 26.61
200 Meters Arkansas 20.81 1:23.24
400 Meters Texas A&M 45.95 3:03.81
800 Meters Virginia Tech 1:48.05 7:12.19
Mile Oregon 3:57.54 15:50.15
3000 Meters Colorado 7:53.07 31:32.29
5000 Meters BYU 13:54.53 55:38.14
60 Meter Hurdles North Carolina A&T 7.89 31.56
High Jump Louisville 2.15m 7-½ 8.58m 28-1¾
Pole Vault Kansas 5.48m 17-11¾ 21.93m 71-11¼
Long Jump Arkansas 7.69m 25-3 30.77m 100-11
Triple Jump Nebraska 15.54m 50-11¾ 62.15m 203-11
Shot Put Virginia 18.45m 60-6¼ 73.79m 242-1
Weight Throw North Dakota State 20.47m 67-1¾ 81.86m 268-7
Heptathlon Arkansas 5,569 22,275